Challenge Accepted!

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Have you ever had someone tell you, “You can’t do that!” Not only is it annoying, it is an invitation to prove them wrong. They are basically daring you to defy their summation of your skills and abilities. It is as if they are begging you on to do exactly what they say you cannot do. Challenge Accepted!

I had a high school gym teacher, who was one of the football coaches, tell me that I could not climb a rope because I was a girl. “Girls have little or no upper arm strength so no one expects much of your athletic skills.” Challenge accepted! Not only did I climb the rope all the way to ceiling, I stayed up there until he looked up and could hear me ring the bell. I was up there for fifteen minutes before he dared to look up…

I had a teacher once tell me that my writing was pretty lame and no one would ever want to read anything I put to word. Challenge Accepted! I have written things that have now been read all over the globe, and people still seem to want to read what I have put on a page. In this blog alone I have over fourteen hundred posts and am still going strong…

I had a drama coach tell me that I was not very engaging in front of an audience. Challenge Accepted! What do I do for a living now, I facilitate leadership development programs for corporations. I have had DVDs of my programs sold online and have been blessed to facilitate on multiple continents for almost three decades…

I had a teacher once tell me that my art was pretty flat and rather boring. Challenge Accepted! I have been an art gallery owner for over eight years and my work now hangs on multiple continents and in multiple languages. We have two locations and may expand into a third. I will be teaching at the John C. Campbell Folk School in February 2019…

Maybe these people were giving me a challenge. Maybe they said what they said on purpose to get me to move forward, to rile me up, to get me to think more about what I wanted. Maybe these people were simply spouting what was generally true and didn’t even think how it would impact their audience. And maybe these people were just living their own lives of frustration and took it out on me as an unsuspecting bystander who happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

There was a time in my life when I let the words of others seep into my brain and rattle around until they permeated my thoughts about myself. I let what they thought or believed influence how I felt about myself. I have learned over the years that people who want to put someone else down usually have their own very large list of insecurities or simply do not know me well enough to speak into my life. I have learned to let their words die on the sidewalk and then I leave them behind as I walk away.

What challenge did you accept that got you to where you are now? Who basically dared you to do something they thought you were incapable of doing? How did it make you feel? Check your words today to make sure you are not that football coach or teacher who planted seeds of defeat simply to feel important. Challenge those you know and love to be better versions of themselves AND let them know you think they can do it. And if that doesn’t work, tell them they can’t do it and stand back…challenge accepted!

3 Comments

  1. Congratulations on your appointment to JCCF. I can only think of your peers at the Conference who would have been as pleased as I am to know someone will be benefitting greatly from your encouragement, knowledge, and kindness.

    Ephesians 4:32 – And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

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  2. I love this post! It’s so inspiring 🙂 I think I’ve had many naysayers in my life, yet also people who encourage. I try to put the naysayers out of my head these days! Thanks for the post!

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